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Old Aug 9th, 2008, 05:30 PM
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What is the general consensus on KW V1 Coilovers?

Just been doing a lot of research into these, heard very good reviews both on here and NAM that they are a good coilover, the damper is soft for road use.

But... they are prone to failing, and can be dangerous on the track.

I don want to base my view on the Variant 1s just on the fact that one person's coilovers failed, when other peoples are fine.

So if you could just let me know how yours are, what mileage you have done on them and how they are faring up?

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Old Aug 9th, 2008, 07:26 PM
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i would put the fail to a rare occasion, i know of a lot of people who rate KW and not just in the mini scene and for the money they are a very good coilover and the inox line protect will keep them nice and shiny on our roads in the winter camber plates etc can always be added later imo
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Porsche seem to rate them, as thy use them alongside bilsteins.

VW use them on the scirocco ring 24hr car.

they have a 2year warranty and are the bollox in my opinion
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Old Aug 9th, 2008, 09:25 PM
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Manthey also use them (they run the Porsche Race cars for the factory and have also been trusted to to re design the suspension and brakes on a clients mclaren f1) and are widely regarded as the best Porsche tuner on earth
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Old Aug 9th, 2008, 11:13 PM
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But the KW suspension used for racing is alot different to the consumer gear!

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Old Aug 10th, 2008, 09:59 AM
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Manthey run it on all their customers cars their main business is Porsche tuning for all the nurburgh ring lot
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Old Aug 10th, 2008, 04:21 PM
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From what i experianced when I had them on i thought they were excellent. Very very good for fast road use, car stayed completely level no matter what it was chucked into.
Very easy to adjust, and also look the part.

Unfortunately for me I had to remove them as they were the wrong ones and required different drop links but when i get them back on this week I will be able to get good milage on them and do a proper report.

But from what I have heard everyone has thought they were brilliant.

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my two main mods in the next few months are an exhaust and coilovers. What do yous recomend for coilovers? i was lookin at the kw's aswell but i was also lookin at fk's as i was pleased with these when i had them in my ibiza and eibachs. Want somthing thats not gonna make the car totally solid and uncomfortable
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Old Aug 10th, 2008, 06:58 PM
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my two main mods in the next few months are an exhaust and coilovers. What do yous recomend for coilovers? i was lookin at the kw's aswell but i was also lookin at fk's as i was pleased with these when i had them in my ibiza and eibachs. Want somthing thats not gonna make the car totally solid and uncomfortable

I was on eibach lowering springs since February and the ride was harder but the handling was improved alot!
The I changed to the KW1 coilovers and it was such a difference. The handling was improved so much more, like 60 off roundabouts and kept flat . The ride was also better as the springs are softer, this is comparing to the eibach springs. The only problem with the softer springs was that I had the car cranked pretty far down so scraped alot on bumps and speedramps and everything on the road.
The rear was down just below the top of the tyre but the front couldnt be put down as much as i had problems with the front coilovers (wrong ones as im sure you have read from the NI thread) but the front could be put down past the top of the tyre as well , for shows

But to sum all this up, KW are really really good, go on NAM(northamericanmotoring) for more reviews as well.

When I get mine on again I will let you see it and you can decide, maybe give you a run in it to let you feel what it is like.

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cheers mate that would be great, my mini will be on the road from tomorrow. Cant wait, its been torture sitting looking at it and not being able to drive it.. Only so many times you can clean a car before it becomes pointless
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Thanks for the advice Darth, I'll wait till I hear more from you about the coilovers before I decide to take the plunge.

Do your coilovers have the helper spring on the front or not?

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Thanks for the advice Darth, I'll wait till I hear more from you about the coilovers before I decide to take the plunge.

Do your coilovers have the helper spring on the front or not?

George

Sorry there, didnt realise you had asked me a question.

The fronts do not have a helper spring.

I got my KW1's refitted yesterday and they are just under half way down and they are sitting on the front tyre ! Looks amazing.

Handling wise it is perfect, completely flat no matter what I have done, really money well spent.

I will post pictures here as well as my own thread on the mini one section ASAP so you can see what it is sitting like.

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Quote: Originally Posted by Darthbladerni (original)
Sorry there, didnt realise you had asked me a question.

The fronts do not have a helper spring.

I got my KW1's refitted yesterday and they are just under half way down and they are sitting on the front tyre ! Looks amazing.

Handling wise it is perfect, completely flat no matter what I have done, really money well spent.

I will post pictures here as well as my own thread on the mini one section ASAP so you can see what it is sitting like.

Fantastic mate, can't wait for pictures

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Few pics, I will try and get a few more for you.

BTW- The coilovers on my car are half way down at the moment and the car is sitting on the wheels. They are pretty even all over but im going to be putting the front down a bit more and maybe the back as well just to keep the roof level which it is but i want LOWER
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very smart mate! I'm guessing 18s?

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